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OTTO ZITKO
Retroprospektiv

7 June to 15 September 2019

The title Otto Zitko has given to his exhibition at the LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Retroprospektiv, refers to the artist’s gaze whose orientation towards the future can only be understood in the light of its development and sharpening in past encounters. This collision between “prospective” and “retrospective” manifests itself in the selection of exhibits which is comprised both of works from the early 1980s and from present production. The majority of works are on loan from various Austrian collections.

Otto Zitko’s oeuvre is punctuated by changes of the picture carriers and of drawing and painting utensils. It comprises early oil-on-canvas paintings executed with bold impasto, fumages, reverse glass paintings, wooden panels, large-format aluminium panels and a great number of site-specific murals. Paper as a picture carrier is omnipresent in Zitko’s entire oeuvre, running through it like a golden thread from early narrative drawings remarkable for the subtlety of their execution to the most recent large-format works with their expressive gestures.

Otto Zitko, born in Linz in 1959, studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. He has been awarded a great number of prizes, such as the Msgr.-Otto-Mauer-Preis, the Preis der Stadt Wien für bildende Kunst and the Kulturpreis für bildende Kunst of the Province of Upper Austria.

Curator: Hemma Schmutz

Catalogue



The exhibition is accompanied by a trilingual catalogue (German/English/Spanish), with a comprehensive, enlarged selection of works, a substantive essay by Ulrich Loock and an Introduction by Hemma Schmutz.
ca. 270 pages, colour illustrations, € 46,30

Available in the LENTOS Shop 

Events

OPENING
Thursday, 6 June, 7 pm

with Extraordinaire! Unknown works from Swiss psychiatric institutions around 1900 – augmented with works from Austria
Free admission

ARTIST TALK & CATALOG PRESENTATION
Wednesday, 26 June, 7 pm 

Art historian Andreas Spiegl (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna) speaks with Otto Zitko about his artistic work. In addition, the exhibition catalog is going to be presented for the first time publicly.
German only, Costs: museum entry
Registration requested

Public Guided Tours

PUBLIC GUIDED TOUR
Duration 1 hour, costs € 3, exclusive admission, German only
Every Sunday, 4 pm
Guided tour through the exhibition
Every Thursday 7 pm
Combined tour through the exhibitions Otto Zitko and The Collection

GUIDED TOUR WITH THE CURATOR
Tuesday, 11 June, 5 pm

with LENTOS director Hemma Schmutz
Registration requested

FOR THE DEAF
Saturday, 7 September, 4 pm

Combined tour through the exhibitions Otto Zitko and The Collection with sign language interpreter
Admission and guidance free for the deaf

GROUP TOURS
Duration 1 hour, max. 25 participants, by appointment

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Foto: © maschekS.